|HRW wheat harvest has now reached the southern border of Kansas, but there are not yet any reports from Kansas for yield or quality. Harvest remains in full swing in north Texas and the Texas Panhandle as far north as Amarillo, with hot, dry winds enabling rapid progress in those areas over the past week. Oklahoma is now harvesting from border to border, with the exception of the Panhandle. |
Harvest is still running 10-14 days ahead of normal in the areas listed above which is a reflection of the extremely dry conditions this crop has endured over the past eight months. Heavy rains and cooler temperatures in north central and northeast Kansas have allowed crop development to remain near normal. Rains also continued in northeast Colorado, Wyoming and southwest Nebraska which supports continued late crop development (7-10 days behind) in those areas as compared to normal.
Test weights continue to be very good in all areas, generally above 60 lb/bu (78.9 kb/hl). Early protein percentages are also reportedly very good, ranging from 12.5% to 13.5%, but as harvest has moved northward proteins are become much more variable. Thousand kernel weights are generally averaging from 25g to 28g and falling numbers are all over 400. Yields remain disappointing.